Chillin’ in the Cooling Tower

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:02+00:00 October 26th, 2012|22 Comments

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon TS-E 17mm lens, 1/6 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400.

This is one of my favorites from the trip to the Satsop Business Park in Elma, WA a few weeks back. It was ridiculous standing inside of these structures; I’ve always held an eerie respect for cooling towers, they always seem so daunting when you see them off in the distance. Since this facility was never put into use (no nuclear activity) then it was perfectly safe for us to be inside the facility.

Processing Info: Edited in Lightroom 4 using a Nuclear Grunge Lightroom preset (“Power Plant”).

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About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Anna Ryndak October 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Amazing image!!! Kind of spooky standing there!

  2. michi kilian October 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    beeindruckend- bestimmt ein besonderes Gefühl, wenn man da drin steht

  3. Marie Hélène Visconti October 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply


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  7. Tracy Crape October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm - Reply


  8. Sarika Venkatesh October 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    nice photograph

  9. Brad Sloan October 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Awesome +Nicole S. Young

  10. Marc McNaughton October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Definitely a beautiful shot. BTW – even if the facility had been used, you wouldn't have been exposed to any radiation. The cooling tower loop doesn't carry radioactive water at all.

    • Izax November 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah! Can we purchase just the LR prstees? I don’t use actions because I haven’t figured out how to load them into PSE9.Love your work!Cindy

  11. Benjamin So October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    That would make a great sci-fi movie poster.

  12. Shelly Gunderson October 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Neat shot!

    • Sunil November 3, 2012 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Friday but I was confused bescaue the 40 off said now until Sunday, I wasn\’t sure if you were allowing some presales. Is there a place now where I can see the presets? And cost info? Or should I wait until friday?

  13. manuel aguilar gonzález October 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm - Reply


  14. Simon Laufer October 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    It has something from a cathedral.

  15. Merle Nienhuis October 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young
    Great image and I love the b/w ! I live up the road from you on north Whidby Island ! Living here all my life I never dreamed what a beautiful region this is until becoming a photographer !! Have a most enjoyable day Nicole!! :))

  16. Jitendra Rajhans October 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    excellent! reveling, some truth left  between GOD's invention and human being.

  17. David Cleland October 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Love it.

  18. Habibur Rahman November 8, 2012 at 4:52 am - Reply


  19. sophie_alberts November 8, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Nice! I like tjis image and the information about it. I wan tto try it sometime.

  20. ABHIJEET PANDHARKAR November 9, 2012 at 7:37 am - Reply

    awesome…just loved your photography…:)

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